Canadians feel confident that marine shipping is safe, but they have reservations about transporting oil

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April 5, 2016 – Canadians see their nation as a sea-faring one and have mostly positive views about shipping and its contribution to the country – at least to some degree.

Unsurprisingly, it’s Canada’s coastal regions who feel this most strongly. But while the majority of Canadians are comfortable shipping liquefied natural gas, when asked about the shipping of petroleum products in territorial waters, people in this country – including on the coasts – are markedly less enthusiastic.

These findings emerge from an Angus Reid Institute public opinion poll conducted in partnership with the Clear Seas Centre for Responsible Marine Shipping.

This comprehensive national survey – intended as a benchmark of public attitudes concerning marine shipping – also finds most Canadians have confidence in existing oversight mechanisms to ensure industry safety, but considerable concern that not enough attention is paid to them.
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